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I found the following story about Aesop who was enjoying games with some children. A man came up and began to jeer at him. Aesop took a bow, unstrung it, and laid it on the ground. He called the man and said, “What does the unstrung bow imply?” The man racked his brains, but couldn’t find an answer. Aesop said to the man, “if you keep a bow always bent, it will lose its elasticity: but if you let it go back it will be fit for use when you want it.”

I think this story may have two lessons for us. First, it is easy to lose confidence in what we are doing and what we are. We are good at undermining ourselves especially when we try comparing ourselves with others, who seem to be more successful in many areas of life than us. We see only the other person’s strengths, which are our weaknesses. There are also some that seem to be able to make us feel lesser. I’m sure that many of us have been in situations where we have been criticised and not received any praise for at least trying.

Sharing God's Love in a practical way has always been our aim, whether that be overseas or in our local community. We support overseas mission projects via Commitment for Life and Nailsea Water Project. We also support Samaritan's Purse, Children's Hospice South West and local community projects by raising funds through special events and offerings.

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Induction Rev.d Janos Nagy

Rev.d Ruth Whitehead, URC Moderator of the Southwestern Synod, led worship on Sunday 11th September to Induct Janos as our minister in the Joint Pastorate with Horfield and Argyle Morley.

Dear Friends, I am Janos Nagy, a Hungarian and British national who moved to England with my family 12 years ago. In 2002 I had a transfer from the UCC, Calvin Synod, USA to the British URC. Prior to that, I served in the Hungarian Reformed Church as a local church minister, a part time teacher and an editor for a church publishing house.

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.